Andrea Bang

The Last Word

Andrea Bang

Lifelong learner, tea-worshipper, slayer of chairs.

Andrea Bang, BA'12

Who was your childhood hero?

Buffy! I would practice “slaying” chairs. Vampires and chairs – same-same.

Describe the place you most like to spend time.

At home. Or a buffet. 

What was the last thing you read? 

Doretta Lau’s How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? It’s a bunch of short stories featuring young Asian Canadian voices. They’re funny, witty, somber and heartbreaking.

What or who makes you laugh out loud?

Recently went to see Hannah Gadsby perform live and was rolling! Oh and kids are guaranteed laughs. They’re so brutally honest and carefree.

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned?

It’s never too late to learn something new. 

What was your nickname at school?

Didn’t really have one. But an old boss used to yell “BANG!” at me. 

What is your most prized possession?

As a Vancouverite, my umbrella? But I’ve lost hundreds of them in my lifetime so... 

What would be the title of your biography? 

Be Back in 5 Minutes

What item have you owned for the longest time?

I’ve kept lots of childhood mementos, but somewhere there’s an autographed photo of Seth Green that I’m pretty sure I’ve had forever.

What would you like your epitaph to say?

She’s standing behind you. 

In which era would you most like to have lived, and why?

1960s. Minus all the crappy parts, it’d be fashion, art and music heaven.

What are you afraid of?

Bed bugs. 

What is your latest purchase?

A box of donuts and mini Oreos.

Name the skill or talent you would most like to have.

Superhuman strength. 

Which famous person (living or dead) do you think (or have you been told) you most resemble?

I’ve been told I resemble a bunch of different people. But my favourite was in high school when someone showed a magazine to me, pointed at a random Asian person and genuinely said “Andrea, it’s your twin!” We looked nothing alike. 

What is your pet peeve?

When people try to enter a full train before letting anyone out. 

Do you have a personal motto?

Tea is delicious. 

What are your UBC highlights?

Sleeping in the Aquatic Centre.